Here's the good news from around Gladstone this week
JUST in case you missed them, here are some of the positive stories that have featured in The Observer in the past week.
Magic Millions race day crowd smaller but stylish
THE crowd was smaller but just as spirited at the Gladstone Turf Club's Magic Millions race day.
In fact there were some benefits to be had at Saturday's event for those who did go, with the smaller crowd meaning there was more room in the shade and shorter queues for cold beers and refreshments.
Tag-along day helps boaties new to Gladstone Harbour
GLADSTONE Water Police officers are gearing up for their next tag-along day, in a proactive bid to increase safety on the harbour.
Officer-in-charge of Gladstone Water Police, Sergeant Jeff Barnett, said the initiative was all about trying to decrease the number of marine incidents out on the water.
Endangered species given a second chance at Safe Haven
WHEN Tina Janssen and her partner Peter Brooks made a move from Marlborough to near Mt Larcom, their home was not the first shelter built on the property.
First was the air-conditioned wombat facility, an area allocated to their 19 southern hairy-nosed wombats that are part of a research and breeding program.
Safe Haven is a breeding and research facility for critically endangered native animals, including bridled nail-tail wallabies.
I-Spy the name of Heron Island's new submarine
AFTER much deliberation the name for Heron Island's new submarine has been chosen.
I-Spy trumped hundreds of competition entries to become the name of Heron Island's new vessel, which will allow visitors to see Great Barrier Reef marine life without getting wet.
BAM volunteer says experience gives more than it takes
LOCAL events such as the Beach Arts and Music Festival are heavily dependent upon volunteers.
BAM, held on the first Saturday of every month, is a hugely popular event but lacking the number of volunteers needed to ensure its longevity.
Volunteer Melanie Webber says she couldn't recall a time in her life when she hasn't made time to volunteer.
Loving couple celebrates golden wedding anniversary
WITHIN two weeks of meeting half a century ago, Les Schafer knew he had met the love of his life.
A golden wedding anniversary was celebrated by Les and Dot Schafer on December 28, in the company of those who had witnessed the extraordinary love of the pair.
Frost family moved countries to make Tannum their new home
THE Frost family's move to Australia was influenced by the fact that they fell in love with Tannum Sands when father Richie attended a job interview in the region.
Richie and his wife Lisa Frost have now been enjoying life in the seaside town with their children Grace, 7, Oscar, 4, and Sienna, 3, since the end of October.
Volunteering and sport are the best medicine
VETERAN volunteer and cherished community member Dot Lacey says there are no good excuses to avoid volunteering.
This colourful character has played a monumental part in the sporting landscape of Gladstone, particularly on the hockey field.
"Sport has been the catalyst for so many things in my life," she said.
CQU graduates buoyed by excellent employment prospects
SARAH Biskupski is feeling confident about her work prospects after national figures were released showing CQUniversity graduates are being snapped up by employers.
A recent comparison of Graduate Careers Australia figures shows CQUniversity has an overall full-time employment rate of 81.1%, compared with the national average of 71.3% for Australian resident bachelor degree graduates.
Sarah, 18, is about to enter the second year of a double degree in accounting/business.
Boulder Steel rescue plan clears first hurdle with deposit
PLANS to rescue Boulder Steel will kick into action on Thursday as the fighting fund reaches $50,000.
With $48,700 in the account as of Wednesday, a deposit will be lodged with the administrator along with a proposal to rescue the company, a day ahead of the administrator's deadline.
Movie about league player to be filmed in Gladstone
AN ambitious plan to bring Gladstone to the silver screen is underway - and your help is needed.
That's the call from local producer Luke Graham, who along with director Heath Davis is aiming to film Broke, a feature-length film about an ex-rugby league player fallen on hard times, set in and around Gladstone.
All the profits from the film are set to go to the Men of League charity.
Rescues are the true reward for dedicated VMR volunteers
THE reward of potentially saving lives is enough for the guys at the Gladstone Volunteer Marine Rescue.
Crew members, radio operators and maintenance supervisors are required to keep this vital service afloat.
Terry Webber says the experience of volunteering is a pleasure when you can positively influence a person's day.
Construction starts on Gladstone's new Hog's Breath
THE smell of char-grilled steak is in the air with construction of Gladstone's long-awaited Hog's Breath cafe getting underway on Thursday.
Owner Alex Staines was excited and relieved to finally start work on the cafe after years of delays.
Hearing-impaired bride's wedding saved by kind gesture
WHEN Jade Glover's hearing aids broke 10 days before her wedding day, she was crushed.
The thought of not being able to listen to her husband profess his vows to her was a real possibility for Mrs Glover.
Mrs Glover visited Connect Hearing at the Nightowl complex emotional and despairing, knowing that repairing her hearing aids could take weeks and cost thousands.
Alan Fort, audiologist at Connect Hearing, was listening to Mrs Glover from his office out the back, and felt compelled to assist.
Four generations reunite, meet baby named after Calliope
THE Gladstone region holds a sentimental place in the hearts of the Engelston family.
Travelling from America, Brisbane and Melbourne to reunite four generations, the Engelston family members were ecstatic to return to the region that holds so many special memories.
Big day as SUNfest kids get ready for showcase
FRIDAY the big day for SUNfest-goers as they ready themselves for the showcase tonight.
Kids around the region will be taking to the stage with all the skills they've been learning over the past week.